CAUTION – This post is lengthy. So if you are not interested in the ramblings of a 20-something gal – but only interested in my fitness stats – please skip to the bottom! Thank you!
So – I publicly launched my blog yesterday on Facebook & Twitter…and ya’ll are awesome!! I was grinning like a school-girl at recess when I looked up my Site Stats. I thank you kindly for your support…it will help me stick to my goal of being fit and providing you with a lil’ bit of entertainment throughout your day.
Speaking of…some of the feedback I received was that my “Today’s Stats” line at the end of each post was a lil’ out-of-place. I couldn’t agree more! It is one of those things where I wanted to keep you updated on my workouts, but didn’t know where else to post them. So, like many of the friends I follow, I have decided to include a weekly “Lean Review.” (Which, I promise, will be shorter in the future!)
My weigh-in is on Tuesdays, so what better time to update you on my weekly progress?! Tuesday…as in…the middle of no-week? Random. But – it also allows me a day recovery from the weekend 🙂 Uh-huh…this girl is sneaky!
Some of you have wondered how, exactly, did I get started? To be honest, I have tried everything under the sun to get fit and lose weight – everything that is – but what was right for ME. I was trying everyone else’s workouts and eating habits…only to realize that the chubby face in the mirror was indeed, not a Cabbage Patch Doll, but *GASP* me.
So, like so many people ahead of me have discovered, I needed to figure out exactly how many calories I was cramming in a day. Yep…I kept a food journal for one week. The hardest part…to NOT CHEAT! When I was reaching for those yummy Grandma’s Vanilla cookies, I wanted to put the package right back down after I looked at the calories. (A shocking 150 calories for 9 mini cookies!) Instead, I continued on with my craving and recorded my info at LiveStrong’s “My Plate.” I believe it is important to record the food, and the time. This can help you identify cravings patterns. (For the record, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Grahams has a Vanilla flavor that is JUST like said cookies! And you can have 50 pieces for only 120 calories!) See…it’s about finding what works for YOU!
I started researching what other people were eating, how other people were working out, and how other people were coping with their UNmotivated days. And to be honest, I started keeping track of the things I liked out of their plans…and promptly disregarded what sounded BOR-ING or torturous! I mean, why stick to a plan that you dislike…it only sets you up for failure!
And then I started to think about all the people who were on the same journey as me…and I started to realize that I had ALL the inspiration I needed right in front of me! I surround myself with it everyday! Our greatest influences are our family and friends. A little peek into some of my biggest inspirations:
My Aunt Beth. Who set a goal for herself to lose weight…by running a 1/2 Marathon. She completed her 1st 1/2 marathon two years ago. YAH!
My mother. Who was convinced by my Aunt Beth to not only walk a 1/2 marathon…but complete one…and enjoy it! She completed her first 1/2 marathon last year! I ❤ you Mom! PROOF below!
My Aunt Carleen. Who took her love of fitness and decided to share it with others. She opened her very own gym this past year! Woo-Hoo!
My friend Kimi (and fellow Muskie) – who set a goal to be a Size 5 by her 5-Year Anniversary! Her blog was my inspiration to start my own blog! And she is always trying out fun products and food!
My friend Matt (and fellow Muskie) – whose goal to lose weight is kept by maintaining a swimming log. He measures the equivalent over-land distance from one point…and logs his daily progress as if he were “swimming” to the ocean!
My friend KT (and fellow Muskie) – who always makes me laugh…and supports me in everything I do! Her stated goal, “My fitness goal for this year is to be as flexible as the people in Cirque de Sole.” Who doesn’t love that kind of enthusiasm?!
And then, I realized that I CAN do this! I can make a plan, and stick to it! And I can lose weight! Below is my first 4 weeks of “Lean Review”:
WEEK 1 LEAN REVIEW:
12.28.2010: Elliptical – Workout #2
12.29.2010: Workout Video – Jillian Michael’s 6-Week Abs – Level 1
12.30.2010 – 01.02.2011: 4 Days Rest. Oops! Gotta love the Holidays!
01.03.2011: Elliptical – Workout #2
WEEK 2 LEAN REVIEW:
01.04.2011: Walk – 1.94 Miles – 28:58 Minutes
01.05.2011: Elliptical – Workout #1
01.06.2011: Walk – 1.91 Miles – 28:06 Minutes
01.07.2011: Walk – 1.77 Miles – 27:10 Minutes
01.08.2011: Walk – 1.99 Miles – 31:57 Minutes
01.09.2011: Walk – 2.04 Miles – 31:55 Minutes ; Elliptical – Workout #1
WEEK 3 LEAN REVIEW:
01.10.2011: Walk – 1.98 Miles – 29:15 Minutes
01.11.2011: Walk – 2.03 Miles – 28:53 Minutes ; Elliptical – Workout #1
01.13.2011: Walk – 2.01 Miles – 30:09 Minutes
01.14.2011: Walk – 2.09 Miles – 29:12 Minutes ; Elliptical – Workout #1 ; Walk – 1.93 Miles – 28:58 Minutes
01.15.2011: Walk – 2.02 Miles – 29:50 Minutes ; Elliptical – Workout #1 ; Walk – 2.09 Miles – 29:18 Minutes
01.16.2011: Walk – 2.04 Miles – 28:41 Minutes ; Elliptical – Workout #1 ; Walk – 2.06 Miles – 29:03 Minutes
01.17.2011: Walk – 2.06 Miles – 29:30 Minutes
WEEK 4 LEAN REVIEW:
01.18.2011: Workout Video – Jillian Michael’s 6-Week Abs – Level 1
01.19.2011: Bike – 6.15 Miles – 40:01 Minutes (Around the neighborhood)
01.20.2011: Run – 2.49 Miles – 23:48 Minutes
01.21.2011: Elliptical – Workout #2
01.22.2011: Elliptical – Workout #2
01.24.2011: Workout Video – Jillian Michael’s 6-Week Abs – Level 1
What is your most treasured accomplishment?